A twin line of cypress trees stands like sentinels on either side of the road that leads to Bolgheri, ushering you from the Aurelia and into tiny, old town. The Tuscan town of Bolgheri, for those who have not visited, is tight and compact, a ring of stone buildings around a communal green the size of a large Manhattan apartment. Given that Bolgheri is home to some of the Italy's great winemakers--producers like Tenuta San Guido, Le Macchiole, Ornellaia, and Grattamacco--the size of the town feels out of proportion with its influence. The world has changed because of Bolgheri's winemakers; after all, it's where the Super-Tuscan revolution started, and things have never been the same, not for Italy, and not for the world.
1968 saw the first release of a Super-Tuscan wine. You probably know that it was Sassicaia, arguably the most important Italian wine that isn't Barolo or Barbaresco. Shortly after Tenuta San Guido began making wine, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia followed, and on its heels came Le Macchiole--there are other winemakers in this timeline, but these three are important to the development of Bolgheri as a winemaking region; only Antinori's Guado al Tasso and Grattamacco rival them for importance. Today's offer presents wines from all three of the former producers: Le Macchiole, Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia.
If you can't get to Bolgheri soon, today's offer will transport you; it brings the beauties of this small Tuscan town to your wine glass. I've chosen Le Macchiole's 2012 bottling of its mono-varietal Syrah, Scrio; the most recent release of this wine is classic, but it's also very surprising. I think you'll love it. I've also picked a wine from Le Macchiole's neighbor, the 2010 Masseto, the mono-varietal Merlot that is so great that Tenuta dell'Ornellaia built a cantina devoted to its production alone. Masseto is always outstanding, and this 2010 is outrageous. Finally, honoring the winery that started it all is a gift set of Sassicaia--a trio of bottles and a commemorative fountain pen. It's a gift that people will never, ever forget, even if they've never been to Bolgheri, the tiny town where the wine was born.